Highlights for 2018 – 2019

This program is an opportunity for Georgia Thespians to see their original scripts workshopped with a professional director or playwright. One submitted selection will be chosen to participate in a staged reading, including an audience feedback session at ThesCon. In addition, complete plays that meet the requirements for the International Thespians Festival  will have the opportunity to submit their work to that conference.


Writers must be active members of the International Thespian Society enrolled in high school during the current school year. The selected finalist must be registered to attend the upcoming Georgia Thespian Conference as well as attend the Playworks event on Saturday morning of the conference.

Submission Guidelines

Plays must be the original work of a single Thespian writer. Collaborative works or adaptations won’t be considered, nor will plays that include music, lyrics, or dialogue written by anyone other than the submitting writer. Plays can be about any subject but should have a running time of between ten and thirty minutes or less (approximately ten-thirty typed pages). Writers may submit more than one play for consideration.

Script Support

Teachers and students are welcome to utilize the Playwriting Unit Plan as a tool to get started writing. This unit plan coordinates with the Georgia Standards of Excellence in both the theatre standards and the newly introduced Dramatic Writing with ELA course. The unit is designed for new and emerging playwrights to build the skills that are essential for creating successful plays. It is comprised of writing exercises and smaller projects that culminate in the writing of a one act play suitable for admission to PlayWorks.

Submission Guidelines and Final Deadline

Play scripts must be typed and emailed to on or before the deadline. Submissions must be done in 12-font using one of two formats specified in the Playwriting Unit Plan.

PlayWorks Event at Conference

One selected piece from submitted works will be presented staged readings at conference on Saturday morning. The playwright will be notified by the January LeadCon. The playwright and volunteer actors will collaborate with the guest artist to bring the text to life. Audience members will observe the readings and participate in a guided talk-back with the guest artist. The reading and talk-back process may be attended by any conference attendee.


Your work is protected by copyright from the moment it is created. As the writer, you own the play and have exclusive control of the rights to produce, publish, and adapt it. By submitting your script to the Georgia Thespian PlayWorks program, you are agreeing to allow Georgia Thespians to mount a staged reading of your play and the possibility to have your play performed at the following year’s conference. All other rights remain the exclusive property of the playwright.